Healthy Nutrition

Holistic Health & Nutrition

Managing the tensions between modern living and our natural physical dispositions is a challenge. Because of the natural dispositions that your body may have to certain external influences, making it imperative for you to take your nutrition and holistic wellness seriously.

Within the Healthy Nutrition category of our Healthy Hildegard posts, you will find practices and resources to help you maintain a healthy relationship with your body by using the philosophies of Hildegard von Bingen. At Healthy Hildegard, we strive to navigate the different dimensions of our lives with a healthy perspective on weight management and holistic health. Continue reading below to learn more about nutrition inspired by Saint Hildegard of Bingen.

Food activity rest

Food Activity Rest

The rhythm of Food Activity Rest predates medieval medical treatments, and yet the concept helps set the foundation for Hildegard’s healing harmony.  We first discovered a modern perspective on Food Activity Rest by reviewing Dr. Matthew Edlund’s work on Circadian Medicine. The value of Dr. Edlund’s mnemonic FAR has far-reaching health benefits.  In its most basic form, it has helped…

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the slow food movement

Slow Food and Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen could not have anticipated that progress would render the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food to something of an annoyance, a chore to be avoided in favor of saving time.  Nor could she have expected that her medieval diet would eventually be referred to as something novel, like the slow food movement. This post…

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watermelon mocktail

Watermelon Mocktail

Our post on 25 flushing foods lists many naturally diuretic foods that you can eat to help ease discomfort associated with water retention. This recipe includes four simple ingredients – all naturally and mildly diuretic, that blend together to make a refreshing and delicious watermelon mocktail. Naturally Diuretic Watermelon Mocktail Ingredients ¾ Cup fresh pineapple,…

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diuretic foods and drinks

27 Natural Diuretic Foods and Drinks

Diuretic Foods of Hildegard of Bingen’s Kitchen Introducing diuretic foods and drinks to the daily menu, represents a low barrier solution for those suffering from water retention and looking for ways to reduce swelling in legs. See our list of 25 natural diuretic foods and drinks below to get a better idea of what foods and drinks…

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Hildegard of Bingen Spelt Burger

Hildegard’s Veggie Spelt Burger

Anyone attempting to make veggie burgers at home knows the challenge of holding all of the vegetables together in a patty form.  The spelt in our veggie spelt burger helps retain the form of a hamburger.  And because of its properties as an ancient grain, spelt may be more suitable for people experiencing mild gluten sensitivity. Here’s our take…

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healing spices

Hildegard’s 13 Healing Spices

In our post on Ten Tips for Slow Food Success, we talked about your domain, your kitchen, and how to stock foods that best facilitate a slow, thoughtful, and healthy approach to meal preparation. In this post we will take a closer look at that pantry, and its potential for healing spices, through the eyes…

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Recipe for Grilled Peaches

Recipe for Grilled Peaches and Ginger

In Colorado we wait anxiously for Palisade peaches to ripen and become available in mid-August.  It’s a special time of year, particularly for residents of a state with limited agricultural output.  In anticipation and celebration of peach season, here’s a different way to serve your peaches with a twist of ginger that would surely please Hildegard of…

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spelt breakfast habermus

Spelt Muesli for Breakfast

If Hildegard had a single food group, it would be dinkel wheat or spelt.  In fact, her successor, Dr. Gottfried Hertzka said that “if I ever would get cancer, I would retire with a bag of spelt and a little bag of salt on a remote mountain in the Bavarian Alps and live only by spelt and water….

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Slow Food success

What is Slow Food? Tips for Slow Food Success

What is slow food? The Slow Food Movement is a social movement in response to our rapidly changing lifestyles. Specifically, the spread of fast-food. As a result of fast-food and processed food taking over the culture, many valuable aspects of our relationship with food have been lost. Slow food is an opposition movement to slow…

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fasting arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diet

We know neither the actual cause of arthritis & rheumatism nor a side-effect-free therapy. Affected persons are sedated with dubious painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and even chemotherapy. When confronted with an incurable health condition, we find it useful to return to the notion that our body can heal itself, if given the proper conditions. As Hildegard believed,…

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Candied Ginger

Homemade Ginger Candy

Here’s a fun way to enjoy homemade ginger candy.  Adding sugar to something healthy, like ginger makes it easy to take a bitter pill.  And, though ginger, by itself, has a bitter flavor, Hildegard of Bingen was a big proponent of the health benefits related to bitter tasting foods and bitters. Homemade Ginger Candy Ginger ranks among Hildegard’s favorite…

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lemon ginger salad dressing

Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing

This lemon ginger salad dressing has a flavor profile that is both refreshing and spicy.  And, it’s a light way to season a cold salad on a warm day.  Add some honey to balance a naturally bitter taste.  But, have no fear, Hildegard of Bingen was a big proponent of the health benefits related to bitter tasting foods and bitters. Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing…

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